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Edition 5 - Wednesday 6th May 2020

Welcome to the fifth edition of the
Rainbow Times 

Welcome to all our readers.

Thank you for all your photographs and feedback, telling us how much you're enjoying our weekly bulletins - please keep it coming!

This edition features:
  • We need your help!
  • Crowthorne Fire Station opening
  • Online map for walking and cycling in the parish
  • Banana cake - the update!
Your Parish Council team

Link to previous editions:
Edition 4 (29 April)
Edition 3 (22 April)
Edition 2 (15 April)
Edition 1 (8 April)
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If you need help:

Wokingham Borough Council is working with local charities to provide a community response for those who don't have support and need advice or practical help. 

Contact Wokingham Citizen's Advice on 0300 330 1189
(Entering 0118 978 7258 if you are prompted)

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This issue of the Rainbow Times features the colour Pink and the letter I
Can you identify all the items in this picture?
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New Crowthorne Fire Station

Crowthorne's stunning new fire station opened on Friday 1st May, ahead of plan. It is currently operational for the fire service, and will ultimately accommodate police and ambulance services, as a joint blue light facility. 

Please refrain from lighting fires

We’re asking our residents not to have bonfires or burn rubbish at the current time as they can put extra pressure on our emergency services, as well as causing discomfort to those with respiratory problems. 

Walking and cycling in the parish

Photo detail taken from OpenStreetMap

Clearly exercise is important for physical and mental wellbeing. Did you know you can access some incredibly detailed maps showing local routes? We recommend walking along the entire length of Hatch Ride from the Old Wokingham Road until the path turns north alongside the Crowthorne to Wokingham Railway line and then following the path around Ludgrove School and back via Gray's Farm.

Did you also know there’s a ford on Redlake Lane (and also a footbridge) which can form part of a reasonably quiet road cycling route?

And do not forget the woodland at Pinewood! You can access it from the gate near the bus stop on Nine Mile Ride and walk a circuit taking in Dickie’s pond as well as the meadow and woodland. Now we have setup a ‘Pinewood' photo album on our Facebook page for your reference. Please send us in your pictures to be included!

Meadow near Ludgrove School (Left), Ford on Redlake Lane (Right)

The Banana Cake Diaries.....

Cabin fever has started to set in for our nutty Welsh councillor, who this week decided to experiment with the banana cake recipe from issue two. 

After creaming together the butter and sugar, adding eggs and folding in the flour, he added 50g of dark chocolate shavings, 40g of crushed walnuts and about 50ml of triple sec (though he may have finished off the rest of the bottle whilst cooking!) 

The result was an overwhelming success!

If you've experimented with recipes whilst at home on lockdown, why not share the results with us? You can remain anonymous if you wish!

Berkshire during World War 2

Berkshire Records Office has curated an online exhibition about Berkshire during WW2 for VE Day 75 Commemorations. 

Contacting your Borough Councillors:

During the current shutdown, your borough councillors are still active. If you need to reach them, here are their contact details: 

Chris Bowring                  07710 070389

Pauline Helliar-Symons   07714 226775

Angus Ross                     07944 877806

This is an update to the previous list of local services and activities available for residents in Crowthorne and Wokingham Without. Please note that the Parish Council isn't endorsing these businesses, only sharing information on services currently available for residents. 
Please see the previous edition here, where the list of local services can be found. 

Food and Takeaways
  • Please note that Altamira is no longer offering a collection service

  • Oscars deliver pet food supplies locally with no contact deliveries

Just for fun!

Can you identify all the 27 figures of speech - a mixture of metaphors and similes?
With grateful thanks to Ella Baron, Times Literary Supplement. 

Answers next week!
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